COVID Travel Restrictions in Canada for 2021

Mandatory Testing & Quarantines for Non-Essential Travelers in Canada

In an effort to discourage international travel as new coronavirus variants emerge, the primary airlines in Canada have reached an agreement to discontinue service to the Caribbean and Mexico as the federal government introduces new guidelines for mandatory quarantines.

Effective January 31st, 2021, commercial airlines including Air Canada, WestJet, Sunwing, and Air Transat have suspended service to select vacation destinations until April 30th, 2021. As an additional step, all incoming international & U.S. flights to Canada – including private charter flights – will be required to arrive at Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary and Montreal airports beginning 11:59 p.m. ET on February 3rd, 2021.

New Quarantine Guidelines

The new requirements are in addition to existing measures, including a mandatory two week quarantine for those returning from overseas from non-essential travel or face fines and/or jail time, a measure that has been in place since March of last year. As of the beginning of this year, travelers are also required to provide a negative COVID test result prior to arriving in Canada.

These moves are similar to 14 day quarantine requirements in Australia, as well as the recent 10 day quarantine introduced by the United Kingdom. Passengers who have already received their vaccination are still subject to the new quarantine rules, although this may change in the coming weeks and months.

Exemptions remain in place only for those considered ‘essential travel’ as it relates to the pandemic recovery efforts of Canada. Passengers who qualify as essential travel must still adhere to Provincial & Territorial guidelines.

How will this impact private flights in Canada?

During the course of these restrictions, international passengers on private jets and charter planes – including Canadian citizens returning to Canada – will be limited to arrivals at airports in Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary, and Montreal. This means that international flights directly to places like Edmonton, Quebec City and Halifax will be unavailable through April 30th.

Our team spoke with an agent from Canadian Border Services for clarification on transportation for clients who live outside of these four cities. After receiving a negative PCR test within 3 days after your return, clients are free to seek additional domestic transportation to return to their home.

For example: a client is returning from the United States to Fort McMurray. We can arrange a private flight to Calgary for the PCR test and up to 3 day hotel stay. After receiving a negative test result within those 3 days, we can then arrange for private flight returning the client home to Fort McMurray, where they will complete their 14 day quarantine and will receive a swab test on day 10.

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